The Heart of the Party

When political parties find themselves out of power, they often look internally to re-evaluate themselves. How will we be defined in the coming years?

Recently million of Americans took to the streets for the “Tea Party” protests. While some may deny it, there is a direct line from the Ron Paul Presidential campaign to the Campaign for Liberty to the Tea Parties. Ron Paul is unlikely to be the future leader of this movement because of age and the movement has grown beyond those of us who voted for him in the 2008 primary.

According to the latest Rasmussen poll:

  • 51% of Americans viewed the Tea Parties “Favorable” with 32% “Very Favorably.” Among the Political Class, not a single survey respondent said they had a Very Favorable opinion of the events while 60% shared a Very Unfavorable assessment.”
  • Americans by a 59% – 26% now oppose the Bailout that Washington has forced on us. Again, the Political class disagrees support them by a 61% – 23% margin.
  • “While 85% of Mainstream Americans say the government has too much power and money, just two percent (2%) of the Political Class agree.”
  • “Most Americans trust the judgment of the public more than political leaders, view the federal government as a special interest group and believe that big business and big government work together against the interests of investors and consumers.”

Conservatives are not only on the correct side, but the politically smart winning side here.  Yet, as Republicans we find ourselves on the heels of back-to-back landslide defeats.  Why?  Because of the Republicans that refuse to adhere to these principles.  Bush ran deficits.  Bush supported the bailouts.  Spectre, Collins and Snowe all voted for Obama's $800 billion spending bill.  Some argue that to win elections we need to be more liberal.  NO!  We need to campaign on winning issues.  You can't beat something with nothing.

Let's think about this rationally for a moment.  Most people have recognized the gas tax is a winning issue for us here in MA.  Deval proposed raising it by 23.5 cents per gallon.  What is the winning position for us?  Saying we “only” want to raise it 19 cents per gallon?  Of course not.  The winning position was to opose raising the gas tax at all.  Thankfully this was the position our elected officials took.  We need to show real contrast.  Being “slightly less bad” doesn't move votes.


I am not trying to say every Republican needs to agree with me on every issue.  That's never going to happen.  Nor am I expecting them all to tow the line on everything when we are on the small side of the wedge.  If they do that's great, I'm just not expecting it.  However, when we are right, on the big side of the wedge, and they actively work against us that is infuriating.  It hurts the country.  It hurts the party.  We don't need the whole party to go down in flames by bowing to the whims of beltway liberals.


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